Blistering times highlight Pacers' district swim meet
Keaton Blovad is the girls high-point scorer, breaking state records in the process
The Lakeridge boys and girls swim teams had a terrific showing at the district meet last week, setting some district and state records in the process. Now the Pacers will gear up for state where times are likely to drop even further.
The Pacer girls finished a strong second, just a few points behind Lake Oswego for the district title. Starting off the meet, the medley relay team of Brynne O'Shea, Ariana Chin, Mara Newman and Keaton Blovad won with a time of 1:47.82, narrowly missing the league record set in 2013.
Then, in the 200 freestyle, Sonya Ahmadyar took second in 1:56.23 to easily qualify for state.
Blovad would be the star for the Pacers and she swam her first individual event in the 200 individual medley, Blovad shattered the district record with a time of 1:59.45 and also bested the state record across all classifications.
Chin also had a strong race, finishing in a tie for fourth place in the event. In the 50 freestyle, Skye Buck took third place in 25.41 seconds, narrowly missing an automatic qualifying time.
The Pacers scored another district championship in the 100 butterfly as Mara Newman won in a strong 57.74 seconds.
Then, in the 100 freestyle, Ahmadyar qualified in her second event, taking third place in 54.33. Katie Manzione was fourth for Lakeridge and both teammates had fast enough times to earn a trip to state.
In the 500 freestyle. O'Shea took second place in a time of 5:10.55 to qualify for state.
That was followed by a narrow victory for the Pacers in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Ahmadyar, Manzione, Buck and Blovad finished in 1:39.22, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Lake Oswego.
In the backstroke, Blovad shined again for the Pacers, shattering another district and state record with her win in 54.61 seconds.
In the breaststroke, Chin took a solid third place again and, in the final event of the evening for the girls, the 400 freestyle relay team of Ahmadyar, Manzione, O'Shea and Newman too second in a fast time of 3:36.13.
For the Pacer boys, Liam O'Shea got things started with a victory in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:44.18 seconds.
Two races later, Matthew McComish earned a trip to state with a 22.84 finish in the 50 freestyle, good enough for second place.
McComish would follow that with a fourth place finish in the 100 butterfly, just missing out on an automatic qualifying time.
In the 500 freestyle, Liam O'Shea scored another district championship, winning by more than eight seconds in a time of 4:39.30 and nearly setting a district record.
Lakeridge's 200 freestyle relay team of CJ Hansen, McComish, Sam Swaim and Liam O'Shea qualified for state, narrowly missing out on the league title with a second place finish in 1:30.59.
Hansen would also get to state individually in the backstroke with his finish in 55.62 seconds.
Wrapping up the meet, the Lakeridge 400 freestyle relay team will also head to state as Hansen, McComish, Swaim and Liam O'Shea all had strong swims, finishing second in 3:18.04.
The state meet will be this Friday at Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.